Artisan Reserve - BOTTLEArtisan Reserve

Company info:
Coopers Brewery Limited

 Regency Park, S.A


Bottle size sampled: 355ml

Alcohol: 5.5%
Standard drinks: 1.5

Cap type: Twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.75 AU

Label info: ‘Thomas Cooper brewed his first batch of beer on the 13th May of 1862. Subsequent generations of Coopers have applied themselves to the pursuit of brewing excellence or the endorsement of our great beers to an appreciative public. This ale has been crafted to celebrate this passion for beer & brewing
‘In the finest Bavarian tradition, Artisan Reserve has been crafted from an all malt brew with Hallertau Tradition hops. With low temperature fermentation and an extended maturation, this unpasteurised pilsner reflects the joy of tasting beer fresh from the brewery’

What the label really means: N/A

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Here’s what I’ve said previously:
‘This label is very similar to the previously reviewed Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale so I’ll repost a couple of previously made comments such as ‘I challenge anyone not to find a beer label displaying a man with an over-sized beard inviting’ – Thomas Cooper would surely be proud of his fine mug plastered on this brew. I also previously commented that ‘The only visual aspect I don’t like about this label is that there is too much descriptive text…it begins to detract from the beardo’ – I don’t feel this is really the case here, it actually works, as does the…’ blue in this label which is again, very surprising for me.  

Artisan Reserve - GLASS

I give it a label rating of 6 out of 10.

AROMA:  Wheaty, straw-like aroma with citrus backing.

Taste: GLASS – A fun wheat beer that is smooth, refreshing, citrus-infused and ever so softly carbonated. There’s next to no bitterness, is super easy to drink, and stacks up well as a fine pilsner interpretation. My only issue, as it is for most pilsners, is that it’s perhaps a little too ‘soft’….a little too generic. Not Cooper’s fault, it’s the style that lends itself to mild flavours.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – A little bland, a little watery. All of the flavour dimensions have now all but dispersed, and while it’s still noticeably wheaty and citrussy, it seems a little flat.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Pork. I’m thinking dark marinated pork spare-ribs or a pork schnitty. 

Best season to appreciate: A great Summer brew.

All-nighter beer? Definitely. This is so very easy to drink. 

NEXT WEEK: Mad Abbott Tripel

  1. Geehard McGee says:

    I won’t beat around the mung bean. I’m here to unleash sploodge fury on Arty Reserve. Not just because of the taste of the stuff, but also for the six month delay between the announcement of the stuff being on beer shelves, and the appearance of the stuff on beer shelves. However, being a human rights level foozeyakker, I’ve decided to reglug it first, and I’m pleasantly surprised. ‘Kazoo was spot on the giblet. It is a seriously easy drinking sessioner – aka shitfacer – with wheater notes. So, in conclusion, don’t whiffle with a grudge.


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